A few months ago, I started getting more into gardening and learning about plants and flowers.
In the backyard, we had many different beautiful flowers, and I would frequently go out there to spend time with the butterflies, snails, and dragonflies. I enjoyed doing this every day until recently when we had to get some work done in the backyard, and all the plants and flowers had to go. Unfortunately, we have yet to replant anything. Missing the plants and the cute buggies, I started buying flowers from my local market.
At first, they were dying quickly, within 3 days. I also keep them in my room, and it gets very hot during the summer, even the blackout curtains can’t keep out that heat.
After learning some new techniques the flowers have started staying fresher longer.
Maintaining them: trimming and replacing the water every 3-4 days and adding sugar to keep them looking healthy.
There are a lot of ingredients you can add to keep your flowers fresh; lemon, sugar, apple cider vinegar, bleach, etc… I also read you could spray them with hairspray, but the one time I tried that on my roses, they did not like it.
I’ve stuck to just using sugar and apple cider vinegar. I will say that with ACV, my roses, in particular, don’t always like them. Each week I am learning new ways to take care of them, and they seem to last longer, depending on the type of flower. Even then, I still rotate or recycle them every 2 weeks.
I start by taking off the bud and petals. I put the petals in a sealed jar to make some rose water and rose oil later on. I place the stems in the green waste bin.
⋆Make sure your petals are completely dried out before storing them⋆
I clean out my vase, and I put in 1 quart of water, 1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar, and 2 tbsp of Sugar. Then I stir until the sugar is dissolved.
My new flowers weren’t the freshest, but that’s okay. Usually, you cut off about 1 inch, but I never do that because all my vases are too small, so I cut off 3-4 inches. I also take off the leaves on the stem below the waterline, which prevents decay of the leaves and additional mold.
And that’s it, that’s all I do! I love them. They look so lovely and vibrant! I can’t wait to continue learning new ways to keep my flowers fresh and long-lasting.